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Places Where Valentine’s Day Is Banned

Valentine is a season where love, joy and happiness is celebrated amongst people. This love can either be in a social gathering, church ,picnic or even in an hotel. This is accompanied with gifts, and everything that has to do with love. It is basically the time where love is totally in the air and a lot of people look forward to February because of Valentine’s Day.

Below are some of the countries that were banned from celebrating valentine due to one reason or the other.

Malaysia

In 2005, Islamic authorities decided that there will be no more celebration of Valentine’s Day. In a bid to enforce this, a fatwa was issued prohibiting the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Reason is because it is a gate way to disaster and moral decay.

Uzbekistan

Valentine’s Day is also banned in the city of Uzbekistan. This Islamic country was actually tolerant of this celebration until in 2012 when the Ministry of Education’s Department of Enlightenment and the Promotion of Values decided to ban it. And their major reasons of banning is because it is not ideal, and instead of celebrating it, the birthday of Uzbekistan hero should rather be celebrated.

Iran

The Islamic Republic, in 2010 officially banned Valentine’s Day. The government decided that Valentine’s Day is a decadent celebration of love that promotes “degenerate” Western culture and illegitimate relationships.

 

Pakistan

In Pakistan, valentine’s day is seen as against the teachings of Islam, hence celebrations are banned. The ban was introduced by Islamabad High Court in 2017 after a petition by a citizen who said Valentine’s Day was a cultural import from the West.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is another Islamic country where valentine’s day celebration was frowned upon years ago. It was said that most of the practices on valentine’s day were against the country’s ideologies and even shops were banned from selling Valentine’s Day related items.

Though, this ban has now been lifted and more people now celebrate valentine’s day in Saudi Arabia.

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